Drop In Services

All drop in services are available to those living in Lanarkshire who are affected by life limiting illness (patients & carers).

Wellness Café: Monday – Thursday from 9.30am – 12noon
Our Wellness Café will be held in our ‘hygge’ room which is a cosy, relaxing environment within our Outpatient Department. The aim of the Wellness Café is to provide free and confidential support in a relaxed atmosphere. Help yourself to refreshments and snacks made available daily. You can just drop-in at your convenience.

St Andrew’s Music Makers: Thursday at 11am
A fun and easy session which is run by our Music Therapist, Jenny. Playing an instrument has many health benefits including; reduced stress levels, improved concentration, it can promote wellbeing and works on manual dexterity as well as hand-eye coordination but most of all, it is a fun social interaction that requires no previous musical experience.

Open Book: Thursday at 11am (Fortnightly)
Open Book run shared reading sessions for adults. Extracts from a book and a poem are read aloud, with an Open Book Lead Reader on hand to help guide the discussion. They also run creative writing sessions for readers, using the material the group is reading as inspiration to create new writing. Each session is laid back and a great opportunity for tea/coffee and a chat.

Step Easy with St Andrew’s: Thursday at 10.30am
Our low level walking group is designed to be accessible for as many people as possible and is guided by a Path For All walk leader along with a supporting volunteer. The routes are usually on flat terrain and generally between 1.5km and 0.5km and should take no longer that 20 to 30 minutes. Walking is a great way to improve both physical and mental health. It is proven to reduce risks of falls, help maintain independence and is a great way to meet new people in a friendly, supportive environment.

Tea, Talk & Sing: Thursday at 2pm
We’re working in partnership with Nordoff Robbins Scotland to deliver music therapy in our Inpatient Unit and Outpatient Services. Music therapist Jenny Hutton will visit the Hospice each Thursday to deliver group music therapy sessions for our outpatients and one-to-one music therapy sessions for any inpatients who wish to take part. Music therapists are trained to use music to connect to and build a relationship with a person who may be withdrawn and isolated as a result of their physical or mental health condition. Every person responds differently but typically music therapy improves quality of life, confidence, communication and reduces anxiety and isolation.

Carers’ Café: Friday between 10.30am – 12.30pm
This weekly drop in aims to give carers of those living with life-limiting illness the chance to grab a cuppa and chat with other carers. You will also have the opportunity to talk things through with members of St Andrew’s Hospice staff. The Café will provide you with information about other services and agencies available to carers in Lanarkshire. Throughout the session, complementary therapies will be available to carers free of charge on a first come, first served basis. The Carers Café will be held in our ‘hygge’ room which is a cosy, relaxing environment within our Outpatient Department.

Tai Chi: Friday at 11am
Our adapted Tai Chi is characterised by its slow, graceful, continuous movements that are gentle on the joints and muscles. It combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements and is often described as “meditation in motion”. Originally developed in 13th century China, Tai Chi is now practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise. It is ideal for inactive people wanting to raise their activity levels gently and gradually. Also, many of the Tai Chi movements can be adapted to people with a disability, including wheelchair users. Please note: Due to the popularity of our Tai Chi class, we are now asking that participants phone in before 10am on the Friday to book a place. Call us on 01236772004. If there’s no reply, please leave a message. Thank you for your co-operation.